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Adv Exp Med Biol ; 1287: 123-154, 2021.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33034030

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Since many decades, nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSCs) is the most common malignancy worldwide. Basal cell carcinomas (BCC) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) are the major types of NMSCs, representing approximately 70% and 25% of these neoplasias, respectively. Because of their continuously rising incidence rates, NMSCs represent a constantly increasing global challenge for healthcare, although they are in most cases nonlethal and curable (e.g., by surgery). While at present, carcinogenesis of NMSC is still not fully understood, the relevance of genetic and molecular alterations in several pathways, including evolutionary highly conserved Notch signaling, has now been shown convincingly. The Notch pathway, which was first developed during evolution in metazoans and that was first discovered in fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster), governs cell fate decisions and many other fundamental processes that are of high relevance not only for embryonic development, but also for initiation, promotion, and progression of cancer. Choosing NMSC as a model, we give in this review a brief overview on the interaction of Notch signaling with important oncogenic and tumor suppressor pathways and on its role for several hallmarks of carcinogenesis and cancer progression, including the regulation of cancer stem cells, tumor angiogenesis, and senescence.


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Carcinogênese , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/patologia , Neovascularização Patológica , Receptores Notch/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais , Neoplasias Cutâneas/metabolismo , Neoplasias Cutâneas/patologia , Animais , Carcinoma Basocelular/metabolismo , Carcinoma Basocelular/patologia , Carcinoma de Células Escamosas/metabolismo , Carcinoma de Células Escamosas/patologia , Humanos , Neoplasias Cutâneas/irrigação sanguínea
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Anticancer Res ; 40(10): 5463-5469, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32988868

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BACKGROUND/AIM: Periostin exists as an extracellular matrix protein in several carcinomas and is related to metastasis and poor prognosis. It is mainly secreted from cancer associated fibroblasts, and not from carcinoma cells. As a tumor microenvironment component, periostin usually mediates tumor cell stemness, metastasis, angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis. This study aimed to examine the role of periostin in chondrosarcoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: To evaluate the effect of periostin on the proliferation of chondrosarcoma cells, MTT assay was performed on SW1353 cells and periostin knockdown SW1353 cells. Migration activity was examined using Boyden chamber. RESULTS: Periostin, secreted from chondrosarcoma cells, was found to support proliferation, and maintain stemness and migration of chondrosarcoma cells. Periostin also induced proliferation and migration of lymphatic endothelial cells. CONCLUSION: Periostin plays an important role in chondrosarcoma development and disease progression.


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Moléculas de Adesão Celular/genética , Proliferação de Células/genética , Condrossarcoma/genética , Neovascularização Patológica/genética , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Movimento Celular/genética , Sobrevivência Celular/genética , Condrossarcoma/patologia , Células Endoteliais/metabolismo , Células Endoteliais/patologia , Humanos , Linfangiogênese/genética , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/metabolismo , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/patologia , Neovascularização Patológica/patologia , Microambiente Tumoral/genética
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Anticancer Res ; 40(10): 5481-5487, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32988870

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BACKGROUND/AIM: γδ T cells mediate cytotoxicity against prostate cancer (PCa) cells in vitro; however, the clinical efficacy of γδ T cell-targeted immunotherapy for recurrent and metastatic PCa is unsatisfactory. We hypothesized that the resistance of recurrent and metastatic PCa to γδ T cells is related to the presence of prostate cancer stem cells (PCSCs), and we examined their relationship. MATERIALS AND METHODS: PCa spheres (prostaspheres) were generated from five PCa cell lines, and their susceptibility to cytotoxicity by γδ T cells was investigated. Expression of stemness-related markers was evaluated by qRT-PCR. RESULTS: Prostasphere-derived cancer cells were resistant to lysis by γδ T cells and expressed higher levels of several stemness markers, including CD133, NANOG, SOX2, and OCT4, than the parental PCa cell lines. CONCLUSION: Ex vivo-expanded γδ T cells are not effective against PCSCs.


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Linfócitos Intraepiteliais/imunologia , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/imunologia , Neoplasias da Próstata/imunologia , Receptores de Antígenos de Linfócitos T gama-delta/genética , Antígeno AC133/genética , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Proliferação de Células/genética , Humanos , Masculino , Proteína Homeobox Nanog/genética , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/patologia , Fator 3 de Transcrição de Octâmero/genética , Neoplasias da Próstata/genética , Neoplasias da Próstata/patologia , Receptores de Antígenos de Linfócitos T gama-delta/imunologia , Fatores de Transcrição SOXB1/genética , Linfócitos T
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4709, 2020 09 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32948765

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Glioblastoma cancer-stem like cells (GSCs) display marked resistance to ionizing radiation (IR), a standard of care for glioblastoma patients. Mechanisms underpinning radio-resistance of GSCs remain largely unknown. Chromatin state and the accessibility of DNA lesions to DNA repair machineries are crucial for the maintenance of genomic stability. Understanding the functional impact of chromatin remodeling on DNA repair in GSCs may lay the foundation for advancing the efficacy of radio-sensitizing therapies. Here, we present the results of a high-content siRNA microscopy screen, revealing the transcriptional elongation factor SPT6 to be critical for the genomic stability and self-renewal of GSCs. Mechanistically, SPT6 transcriptionally up-regulates BRCA1 and thereby drives an error-free DNA repair in GSCs. SPT6 loss impairs the self-renewal, genomic stability and tumor initiating capacity of GSCs. Collectively, our results provide mechanistic insights into how SPT6 regulates DNA repair and identify SPT6 as a putative therapeutic target in glioblastoma.


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Reparo do DNA , Instabilidade Genômica , Glioblastoma/genética , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo , Animais , Apoptose , Proteína BRCA1 , Neoplasias Encefálicas/genética , Pontos de Checagem do Ciclo Celular , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Feminino , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica , Técnicas de Silenciamento de Genes , Inativação Gênica , Glioblastoma/patologia , Células HEK293 , Xenoenxertos , Humanos , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/patologia , RNA Interferente Pequeno/genética , Tolerância a Radiação , Radiação Ionizante , Transcriptoma
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Anticancer Res ; 40(10): 5567-5575, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32988880

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BACKGROUND/AIM: Stage-specific embryonic antigen-4 (SSEA-4) expression is associated with malignant aggressiveness and is useful as a marker for identifying cancer stem cells. Our aim was to assess the relationship between hormonal therapy and SSEA-4 expression in prostate cancer (PC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: SSEA-4 expression in paired specimens from PC patients who underwent neoadjuvant hormonal therapy (NHT) and radical prostatectomy (60 pre-NHT specimens and 60 post-NHT specimens) was evaluated using immunohistochemistry. Proliferation index (PI) and apoptotic index (AI) were also evaluated. RESULTS: Post-NHT tissues had significantly elevated SSEA-4 expression whereas anti-tumor effects of NHT were inversely correlated with SSEA-4 expression level. SSEA-4 expression in post-NHT tissues was significantly associated with biochemical recurrence-free survival. SSEA-4 expression in the post-NHT tissues was positively associated with PI and negatively done with AI. CONCLUSION: SSEA-4 is a potential therapeutic target for limiting the malignant potential in hormone-naïve PC when considering the use of NHT.


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Antineoplásicos Hormonais/administração & dosagem , Biomarcadores Tumorais/genética , Neoplasias da Próstata/tratamento farmacológico , Antígenos Embrionários Estágio-Específicos/genética , Idoso , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Terapia Neoadjuvante , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/metabolismo , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/patologia , Próstata/patologia , Prostatectomia , Neoplasias da Próstata/genética , Neoplasias da Próstata/patologia , Neoplasias da Próstata/cirurgia
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Life Sci ; 258: 118231, 2020 Oct 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32791150

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AIMS: Cancer Stem Cells (CSCs) refers to heterogeneous tumor cells retaining the abilities of self-renewal and differentiation. This study used mRNAsi, which is an index to describe the similarity between tumor cells and CSCs, to define genes involved in endometrial carcinoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The mRNA expression profiles of 552 tumor samples and 23 non-tumor samples were calculated for differentially expressed genes. WGCNA was utilized to construct gene co-expression networks and classify screened genes into different modules. Univariate and multivariate Cox regression models were performed to identify and construct the prognostic model. Time-dependent receiver operating characteristic (ROC), Kaplan-Meier curve, multivariate Cox regression analysis, and nomogram were used to assess the prognostic capacity of the six-gene signature. The screened genes were further validated by GEO (GSE17025) and qRT-PCR in EC tissues. KEY FINDINGS: 2573 upregulated and 1890 downregulated genes were identified. A total of 35 genes in the turquoise module were identified as key genes. With multivariate analysis, six genes (DEPDC1, FAM83D, NCAPH, SPC25, TPX2, and TTK) up-regulated in endometrial carcinoma were identified, and their higher expression was associated with a higher stage/age/grade. Moreover, ROC and Kaplan-Meier plots indicated these genes had a high prognostic value for EC. A nomogram was constructed for clinical use. In addition, we explored the pathogenesis involving six genes. The results showed that these genes may become pathogenic as their copy numbers changes and methylation level reduces. Finally, GSEA revealed these genes had a close association with cell cycle, etc. SIGNIFICANCE: These findings may provide new insights into the treatment of diseases.


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Biomarcadores Tumorais/genética , Neoplasias do Endométrio/diagnóstico , Neoplasias do Endométrio/genética , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica/genética , Redes Reguladoras de Genes/genética , RNA Mensageiro/genética , Bases de Dados Genéticas , Neoplasias do Endométrio/patologia , Feminino , Humanos , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/patologia , Prognóstico
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Life Sci ; 258: 118152, 2020 Oct 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32735881

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AIMS: Cancer stem cells (CSCs) are the source of tumors and play a key role in the resistance of cancer to therapies. To improve the current therapies against CSCs, in this work we developed a novel system of electrospun polycaprolactone (PCL) nanofibers containing hydroxylated multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs-OH) and all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The nanofiber membranes were forged by electrospinning, and the physical and chemical properties of the nanofiber membranes were evaluated by scanning electron microscopy, XRD and Raman etc. The photothermal properties of nanofiber membranes and their effects on CSCs differentiation and cytotoxicity were investigated. Finally, the anti-tumor effect of nanofiber membranes in vivo was evaluated. KEY FINDINGS: The nanofibers formed under optimal conditions were smooth without beads. The nanofibrous membranes with MWCNTs-OH could increase temperature of the medium under near-infrared (NIR) illumination to suppress the viability of glioma stem cells (GSCs). Meanwhile, the added ATRA could further induce the differentiation of GSCs to destroy their stemness and reduce their resistance to heat treatment. Compared with no NIR irradiation, after 2min NIR irradiation, the membranes reduced the in-vitro viability of GSCs by 13.41%, 14.83%, and 26.71% after 1, 2, and 3 days, respectively. After 3 min daily illumination for 3 days, the viability of GSCs was only 22.75%, and similar results were observed in vivo. SIGNIFICANCE: These results showed efficiently cytotoxicity to CSCs by combining heat therapy and differentiation therapy. The nanofiber membranes if inserted at the site after surgical tumor removal, may hinder tumor recurrence.


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Antineoplásicos/uso terapêutico , Neoplasias Encefálicas/terapia , Glioma/terapia , Nanofibras/uso terapêutico , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/efeitos dos fármacos , Tretinoína/uso terapêutico , Animais , Antineoplásicos/administração & dosagem , Neoplasias Encefálicas/patologia , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Sobrevivência Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Sistemas de Liberação de Medicamentos/métodos , Glioma/patologia , Humanos , Hipertermia Induzida/métodos , Masculino , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Nanofibras/química , Nanotubos de Carbono/química , Recidiva Local de Neoplasia/patologia , Recidiva Local de Neoplasia/prevenção & controle , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/patologia , Poliésteres/química , Poliésteres/uso terapêutico , Tretinoína/administração & dosagem
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Yonsei Med J ; 61(7): 572-578, 2020 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32608200

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PURPOSE: Wnt and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) are major molecular signaling pathways associated with the development and progression of tumor, as well as the maintenance and proliferation of cancer stem cells (CSCs), in colorectal cancer (CRC). Identifying patients at risk of poor prognosis is important to determining whether to add adjuvant treatment in stage II CRC and thus improve survival. In the present study, we evaluated the prognostic value of Wnt, mTOR, and CSC markers as survival predictors in stage II CRC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We identified 148 cases of stage II CRC and acquired their tumor tissue. Tissue microarrays for immunohistochemical staining were constructed, and the expressions of CD166, CD44, EphB2, ß-catenin, pS6 were evaluated using immunohistochemical staining. RESULTS: The expressions of CD166 (p=0.045) and pS6 (p=0.045) and co-expression of pS6/CD166 (p=0.005), pS6/CD44 (p=0.042), and pS6/CD44/CD166 (p=0.013) were negatively correlated with cancer-specific survival. Cox proportional hazard analysis showed the combination of CD166/pS6 [hazard ratio, 9.42; 95% confidence interval, 2.36-37.59; p=0.002] to be the most significant predictor related with decreased cancer-specific survival. In addition, co-expression of CD44/CD166 (p=0.017), CD166/ß-catenin (p=0.036), CD44/ß-catenin (p=0.001), and CD44/CD166/ß-catenin (p=0.001) were significant factors associated with liver metastasis. CONCLUSION: Specific combinations of CSC markers and ß-catenin/mTOR signaling could be a significant predictor of poor survival in stage II CRC.


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Antígenos CD/metabolismo , Biomarcadores Tumorais/análise , Neoplasias Colorretais/metabolismo , Neoplasias Colorretais/patologia , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/metabolismo , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/patologia , Serina-Treonina Quinases TOR/metabolismo , Biomarcadores Tumorais/metabolismo , Neoplasias do Colo/metabolismo , Neoplasias do Colo/mortalidade , Neoplasias do Colo/patologia , Neoplasias Colorretais/mortalidade , Intervalo Livre de Doença , Feminino , Humanos , Receptores de Hialuronatos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Estadiamento de Neoplasias , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/efeitos dos fármacos , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/transplante , Prognóstico , Transdução de Sinais , Serina-Treonina Quinases TOR/análise , beta Catenina
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Science ; 369(6501)2020 07 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32675345

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Targeting the cross-talk between tumor-initiating cells (TICs) and the niche microenvironment is an attractive avenue for cancer therapy. We show here, using a mouse model of squamous cell carcinoma, that TICs play a crucial role in creating a niche microenvironment that is required for tumor progression and drug resistance. Antioxidant activity in TICs, mediated by the transcription factor NRF2, facilitates the release of a nuclear cytokine, interleukin-33 (IL-33). This cytokine promotes differentiation of macrophages that express the high-affinity immunoglobulin E receptor FcεRIα and are in close proximity to TICs. In turn, these IL-33-responding FcεRIα+ macrophages send paracrine transforming growth factor ß (TGF-ß) signals to TICs, inducing invasive and drug-resistant properties and further upregulating IL-33 expression. This TIC-driven, IL-33-TGF-ß feedforward loop could potentially be exploited for cancer treatment.


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Carcinoma de Células Escamosas/metabolismo , Carcinoma de Células Escamosas/patologia , Interleucina-33/metabolismo , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/patologia , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo , Animais , Progressão da Doença , Humanos , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais , Microambiente Tumoral
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Int J Nanomedicine ; 15: 4063-4078, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32606664

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Background: Among various theories for the origin of cancer, the "stemness phenotype model" suggests a dynamic feature for tumor cells in which non-cancer stem cells (non-CSCs) can inter-convert to CSCs. Differentiation with histone-deacetylase inhibitor, vorinostat (SAHA), can induce stem cells to differentiate as well as enforces non-CSCs to reprogram to CSCs. To avoid this undesirable effect, one can block the Wnt-ßcatenin pathway. Thus, a dual delivery system of SAHA and a Wnt-ßcatenin blocker will be beneficial in the induction of differentiation of CSCs. Protein corona (PC) formation in nanoparticle has a biologic milieu, and despite all problematic properties, it can be employed as a medium for dual loading of the drugs. Materials and Methods: We prepared sphere gold nanoparticles (GNPs) with human plasma protein corona loaded with SAHA as differentiating agent and PKF118-310 (PKF) as a Wnt-ßcatenin antagonist. The MCF7 breast cancer stem cells were treated with NPs and the viability and differentiation were evaluated by Western blotting and sphere formation assay. Results: We found that both drugs loaded onto corona-capped GNPs had significant cytotoxicity in comparison to bare GNP-corona. Data demonstrated an increase in stem cell population and upregulation of mesenchymal marker, Snail by SAHA-loaded GNPs treatment; however, the combination of PKF loaded GNPs along with SAHA-loaded GNPs resulted in a reduction of stem cell populations and Snail marker. We have shown that in MCF7 and its CSCs simultaneous treatment with SAHA and PKF118-310 induced differentiation and inhibition of Snail induction. Conclusion: Our study reveals the PC-coated GNPs as a biocompatible career for both hydrophilic (PKF) and hydrophobic (SAHA) agents which can decrease breast cancer stem cell populations along with reduced stemness state regression.


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Neoplasias da Mama/patologia , Carcinogênese/patologia , Ouro/química , Nanopartículas Metálicas/química , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/patologia , Coroa de Proteína/química , Vorinostat/farmacologia , Proteínas Wnt/antagonistas & inibidores , Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Carcinogênese/efeitos dos fármacos , Sobrevivência Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Liberação Controlada de Fármacos , Endocitose/efeitos dos fármacos , Feminino , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Inibidores de Histona Desacetilases/farmacologia , Humanos , Células MCF-7 , Nanosferas/química , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/efeitos dos fármacos , Espectrofotometria Ultravioleta , Proteínas Wnt/metabolismo , beta Catenina/antagonistas & inibidores , beta Catenina/metabolismo
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Anticancer Res ; 40(7): 3801-3809, 2020 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32620619

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AIM: Cancer stem-like cell (CSC) markers and the role of CSCs derived from papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) in pathogenesis are unclear. This study aimed to investigate CSC properties using tumor spheres from passaged PTC cells but without sorting CSCs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: To identify the properties of CSCs derived from PTC, the expression of SRY-box transcription factor 2(SOX2), octamer-binding transcription factor 4 (OCT4), Nanog homeobox (NANOG), thyroglobulin (TG), thyroid-stimulating hormone receptor (TSHR), E-cadherin, YES-associated protein 1 (YAP1), and signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) was investigated in tumor spheres serially passaged without sorting CSCs. RESULTS: The cultured tumor spheres had cancer stemness; high expression of OCT4, SOX2, NANOG, and YAP1; low expression of E-cadherin; and varied expression of TG, TSHR, and STAT3. PTC tumor spheres transfected with small interfering RNA targeting YAP1 had fewer CSC properties than the non-transfected tumor spheres did. CONCLUSION: Tumor spheres derived from PTC cells by passaging without sorting CSCs have more stem-like cell properties, and less differentiation potential. Thus, this simple and cost-effective method can be used for the enrichment of PTC stemness for employment in cell-based models, reducing the need for use of animal models.


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Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/patologia , Câncer Papilífero da Tireoide/patologia , Neoplasias da Glândula Tireoide/patologia , Proteínas Adaptadoras de Transdução de Sinal/biossíntese , Proteínas Adaptadoras de Transdução de Sinal/genética , Antígenos CD/biossíntese , Antígenos CD/genética , Biomarcadores Tumorais/biossíntese , Biomarcadores Tumorais/genética , Caderinas/biossíntese , Caderinas/genética , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Proliferação de Células/fisiologia , Humanos , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/metabolismo , Fator 3 de Transcrição de Octâmero/biossíntese , Fator 3 de Transcrição de Octâmero/genética , Fator de Transcrição STAT3/biossíntese , Fator de Transcrição STAT3/genética , Esferoides Celulares , Câncer Papilífero da Tireoide/genética , Câncer Papilífero da Tireoide/metabolismo , Neoplasias da Glândula Tireoide/genética , Neoplasias da Glândula Tireoide/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição/biossíntese , Fatores de Transcrição/genética
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PLoS One ; 15(7): e0235747, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32658903

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Despite development of markers for identification of cancer stem cells, the mechanism underlying the survival and division of cancer stem cells in breast cancer remains unclear. Here we report that PKCλ expression was enriched in basal-like breast cancer, among breast cancer subtypes, and was correlated with ALDH1A3 expression (p = 0.016, χ2-test). Late stage breast cancer patients expressing PKCλhigh and ALDH1A3high had poorer disease-specific survival than those expressing PKCλlow and ALDH1A3low (p = 0.018, log rank test for Kaplan-Meier survival curves: hazard ratio 2.58, 95% CI 1.24-5.37, p = 0.011, multivariate Cox regression analysis). Functional inhibition of PKCλ through siRNA-mediated knockdown or CRISPR-Cas9-mediated knockout in ALDH1high MDA-MB 157 and MDA-MB 468 basal-like breast cancer cells led to increases in the numbers of trypan blue-positive and active-caspase 3-positive cells, as well as suppression of tumor-sphere formation and cell migration. Furthermore, the amount of CASP3 and PARP mRNA and the level of cleaved caspase-3 protein were enhanced in PKCλ-deficient ALDH1high cells. An Apoptosis inhibitor (z-VAD-FMK) suppressed the enhancement of cell death as well as the levels of cleaved caspase-3 protein in PKCλ deficient ALDH1high cells. It also altered the asymmetric/symmetric distribution ratio of ALDH1A3 protein. In addition, PKCλ knockdown led to increases in cellular ROS levels in ALDH1high cells. These results suggest that PKCλ is essential for cancer cell survival and migration, tumorigenesis, the asymmetric distribution of ALDH1A3 protein among cancer cells, and the maintenance of low ROS levels in ALDH1-positive breast cancer stem cells. This makes it a key contributor to the poorer prognosis seen in late-stage breast cancer patients.


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Aldeído Oxirredutases/metabolismo , Biomarcadores Tumorais/metabolismo , Neoplasias da Mama/mortalidade , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica , Isoenzimas/metabolismo , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/patologia , Proteína Quinase C/metabolismo , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Apoptose , Neoplasias da Mama/metabolismo , Neoplasias da Mama/patologia , Movimento Celular , Proliferação de Células , Feminino , Seguimentos , Humanos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/metabolismo , Prognóstico , Taxa de Sobrevida , Células Tumorais Cultivadas
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PLoS One ; 15(7): e0236187, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32692762

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The definitive characterization of common cancer stem cell (CSCs) subpopulations in breast cancer subtypes with distinct genotypic and phenotypic features remains an ongoing challenge. In this study, we have used a non-biased genome wide screening approach to identify transcriptional networks that may be specific to the CSC subpopulations in both luminal and basal breast cancer subtypes. In depth studies of three CSC-enriched breast cancer cell lines representing various subtypes of breast cancer revealed a striking hyperactivation of the mevalonate metabolic pathway in comparison to control cells. The upregulation of metabolic networks is a key feature of tumour cells securing growth and proliferative capabilities and dysregulated mevalonate metabolism has been associated with tumour malignancy and cellular transformation in breast cancer. Furthermore, accumulating evidence suggests that Simvastatin therapy, a mevalonate pathway inhibitor, could affect breast cancer progression and reduce breast cancer recurrence. When detailing the mevalonate pathway in breast cancer using a single-cell qPCR, we identified the mevalonate precursor enzyme, HMGCS1, as a specific marker of CSC-enriched subpopulations within both luminal and basal tumour subtypes. Down-regulation of HMGCS1 also decreased the CSC fraction and function in various model systems, suggesting that HMGCS1 is essential for CSC-activities in breast cancer in general. These data was supported by strong associations between HMGCS1 expression and aggressive features, such as high tumour grade, p53 mutations as well as ER-negativity in lymph node positive breast cancer. Importantly, loss of HMGCS1 also had a much more pronounced effect on CSC-activities compared to treatment with standard doses of Simvastatin. Taken together, this study highlights HMGCS1 as a potential gatekeeper for dysregulated mevalonate metabolism important for CSC-features in both luminal and basal breast cancer subtypes. Pharmacological inhibition of HMGCS1 could therefore be a superior novel treatment approach for breast cancer patients via additional CSC blocking functions.


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Neoplasias da Mama/enzimologia , Neoplasias da Mama/patologia , Hidroximetilglutaril-CoA Sintase/metabolismo , Ácido Mevalônico/metabolismo , Modelos Biológicos , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/enzimologia , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/patologia , Neoplasias da Mama/classificação , Neoplasias da Mama/genética , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Estudos de Coortes , Feminino , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica , Inativação Gênica , Humanos , Hidroximetilglutaril-CoA Sintase/genética , Linfonodos/patologia , Redes e Vias Metabólicas , Invasividade Neoplásica
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J Cancer Res Clin Oncol ; 146(10): 2547-2557, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32671503

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INTRODUCTION: Colorectal cancer (CRC) constitutes one of the most prevalent malignancies in the world. Recent research suggests that cancer stem cells (CSCs) are responsible for tumor cell's malignant behavior in CRC. This study has been designed to determinate clinical implications of CSC markers: CD44, DCLK1, Lgr5, and ANXA2 in CRC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was performed on tissue samples which were collected from 89 patients undergoing colectomy. Formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue blocks with representative tumor areas were identified and corded. Immunohistochemical staining was performed using anti-CD44, anti-LGR5, anti-ANXA2, and anti-DCLK1 antibodies. The H-score system was utilized to determine the immunointensity of CRC cells. RESULTS: The lower expression of Lgr5 was significantly correlated with the presence of lymph-node metastases (p = 0.011), while high expression of Lgr5 was statistically significant in vascular invasion in examined cancer tissue samples (p = 0.027). Moreover, a high H-score value of Lgr5 expression was significantly related to a reduced overall survival rate (p = 0.043). CONCLUSION: Our results suggest a strong relationship between CSC marker Lgr5 and vascular invasion, presence of lymph-node metastasis, and overall poor survival. The presence of Lgr5 might be an unfavorable prognostic factor, and its high level in cancer tissue is related to an aggressive course. This marker could also be used to access the effectiveness of the treatment.


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Neoplasias Colorretais/metabolismo , Neoplasias Colorretais/patologia , Receptores Acoplados a Proteínas-G/metabolismo , Idoso , Anexina A2/metabolismo , Biomarcadores Tumorais/metabolismo , Neoplasias Colorretais/irrigação sanguínea , Progressão da Doença , Feminino , Humanos , Receptores de Hialuronatos/metabolismo , Imuno-Histoquímica , Peptídeos e Proteínas de Sinalização Intracelular/metabolismo , Metástase Linfática , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/metabolismo , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/patologia , Neovascularização Patológica/metabolismo , Neovascularização Patológica/patologia , Prognóstico , Proteínas Serina-Treonina Quinases/metabolismo , Receptores Acoplados a Proteínas-G/biossíntese , Análise Serial de Tecidos
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PLoS One ; 15(7): e0234986, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32634135

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Glioblastoma is a common, malignant brain tumor whose disease incidence increases with age. Glioblastoma stem-like cells (GSCs) are thought to contribute to cancer therapy resistance and to be responsible for tumor initiation, maintenance, and recurrence. This study utilizes both SNP array and gene expression profiling to better understand GSCs and their relation to malignant disease. Peripheral blood and primary glioblastoma tumor tissue were obtained from patients, the latter of which was used to generate GSCs as well as a CD133pos./CD15pos. subpopulation. The stem cell features of GSCs were confirmed via the immunofluorescent expression of Nestin, SOX2, and CD133. Both tumor tissue and the isolated primary cells shared unique abnormal genomic characteristics, including a gain of chromosome 7 as well as either a partial or complete loss of chromosome 10. Individual genomic differences were also observed, including the loss of chromosome 4 and segmental uniparental disomy of 9p24.3→p21.3 in GSCs. Gene expression profiling revealed 418 genes upregulated in tumor tissue vs. CD133pos./CD15pos. cells and 44 genes upregulated in CD133pos./CD15pos. cells vs. tumor tissue. Pathway analyses demonstrated that upregulated genes in CD133pos./CD15pos. cells are relevant to cell cycle processes and cancerogenesis. In summary, we detected previously undescribed genomic and gene expression differences when comparing tumor tissue and isolated stem-like subpopulations.


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Glioblastoma/patologia , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/patologia , Antígeno AC133/análise , Separação Celular/métodos , Células Cultivadas , Perfilação da Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Antígenos CD15/análise , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único/genética , Manejo de Espécimes , Regulação para Cima
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Adv Cancer Res ; 148: 1-26, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32723561

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As a unique subpopulation of cancer cells, cancer stem cells (CSCs) acquire the resistance to conventional therapies and appear to be the prime cause of cancer recurrence. Like their normal counterparts, CSCs can renew themselves and generate differentiated progenies. Cancer stem cells are distinguished among heterogenous cancer cells by molecular markers and their capacity of efficiently forming new tumors composed of diverse and heterogenous cancer cells. Tumor heterogeneity can be inter- or intra-tumor, molecularly resulting from the accumulation of genetic and non-genetic alterations. Non-genetic alterations are mainly changes on epigenetic modifications of DNA and histone, and chromatin remodeling. As tumor-initiating cells and contributing to the tumor heterogeneity in the brain, glioblastoma stem cells (GSCs) attract extensive research interests. Epigenetic modifications confer on tumor cells including CSCs reversible and inheritable genomic changes and affect gene expression without alteration in DNA sequence. Here, we will review recent advances in histone demethylation, DNA methylation, RNA methylation and ubiquitination in glioblastomas and their impacts on tumorigenesis with a focus on CSCs.


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Neoplasias Encefálicas/genética , Neoplasias Encefálicas/patologia , Transformação Celular Neoplásica/patologia , Glioblastoma/genética , Glioblastoma/patologia , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/patologia , Animais , Neoplasias Encefálicas/metabolismo , Transformação Celular Neoplásica/genética , Metilação de DNA , Epigênese Genética , Glioblastoma/metabolismo , Humanos , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/metabolismo
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Adv Cancer Res ; 148: 201-232, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32723564

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Polyploid giant cancer cells (PGCC) constitute a dangerous subpopulation of cancer cells and are a driving force in cancer recurrence. These unique cells arise from diploid tumor cells in response to stress encountered in the tumor microenvironment or during cancer therapy. PGCC are greatly dedifferentiated, acquire pluripotency, and are able to replicate through a form of asymmetric division called neosis, which results in new populations that are themselves able to differentiate into new cell types or to re-establish tumors. Progeny tend to be more genetically unstable than the founding population due to the dysregulation required to transition through a PGCC state. Therefore, cancers that escape stressors through this mechanism tend to re-emerge with a more aggressive phenotype that is therapy resistant. This review focuses on the clinical significance of PGCC, the need for standardized nomenclature and molecular markers, as well as possible avenues to develop therapies aimed at PGCC and the process of neosis. The biology underlying the development of PGCC including cell cycle checkpoint dysregulation, stress responses, dedifferentiation, stemness and epithelial-mesenchymal transition is discussed.


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Recidiva Local de Neoplasia/patologia , Neoplasias/patologia , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/patologia , Poliploidia , Animais , Pontos de Checagem do Ciclo Celular , Transição Epitelial-Mesenquimal , Humanos , Microambiente Tumoral
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Adv Exp Med Biol ; 1207: 301-313, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32671756

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Autophagy is critical for the survival and stemness maintenance of cancer stem cells (CSCs) and is an enhancer of CSC tumorigenesis. At the same time, autophagy contributes to conditions optimal for facilitating the invasion and metastasis of CSCs. Moreover, autophagy induces the dormant state of CSCs to help them resist the cytotoxic effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, thereby improving the likelihood of their survival. The combination of autophagy inhibitors with specific drugs targeting specific CSC subpopulations is expected to act specifically on CSCs and produce fewer toxic side effects on normal tissues. This in-depth study is very timely and important for further identifying the potential role of autophagy in different states of CSCs and places a particular emphasis on exploring molecular mechanisms in the regulation of autophagy via advanced techniques based on molecular biology.


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Autofagia , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas , Autofagia/efeitos dos fármacos , Autofagia/efeitos da radiação , Humanos , Neoplasias/tratamento farmacológico , Neoplasias/patologia , Neoplasias/radioterapia , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/efeitos dos fármacos , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/patologia , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/efeitos da radiação
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Prostate ; 80(13): 1108-1117, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32628318

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BACKGROUND: Putative castration-resistant (CR) stem-like cells (CRSC) have been identified based on their ability to initiate and drive prostate cancer (PCa) recurrence following castration in vivo. Yet the relevance of these CRSC in the course of the human disease and particularly for the transition from hormone-naive (HN) to castration-resistance is unclear. In this study, we aimed at deciphering the significance of CRSC markers in PCa progression. METHODS: We constructed a tissue microarray comprising 112 matched HN and CR tissue specimens derived from 55 PCa patients. Expression of eight stemness-associated markers (ALDH1A1, ALDH1A3, ALDH3A1, BMI1, NANOG, NKX3.1, OCT4, SOX2) was assessed by immunohistochemistry and scored as a percentage of positive tumor cells. For each marker, the resulting scores were statistically analyzed and compared to pathological and clinical data associated with the samples. Unsupervised clustering analysis was performed to stratify patients according to the expression of the eight CRSC markers. Publicly-available transcriptional datasets comprising HN and CR PCa samples were interrogated to assess the expression of the factors in silico. RESULTS: Immunohistochemical assessment of paired samples revealed atypical patterns of expression and intra- and intertumor heterogeneity for a subset of CRSC markers. While the expression of particular CRSC markers was dynamic over time in some patients, none of the markers showed significant changes in expression upon the development of castration resistance (CR vs HN). Using unsupervised clustering approaches, we identified phenotypic subtypes based on the expression of specific stem-associated markers. In particular, we found (a) patterns of mutual exclusivity for ALDH1A1 and ALDH1A3 expression, which was also observed at the transcriptomic level in publicly-available PCa datasets, and (b) a phenotypic cluster associated with more aggressive features. Finally, by comparing HN and CR matched samples, we identified phenotypic cluster switches (ie, change of phenotypic cluster between the HN and CR state), that may be associated with clinical and predictive relevance. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings indicate stemness-associated patterns that are associated with the development of castration-resistance. These results pave the way toward a deeper understanding of the relevance of CRSC markers in PCa progression and resistance to androgen-deprivation therapy.


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Biomarcadores Tumorais/metabolismo , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/metabolismo , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/patologia , Neoplasias de Próstata Resistentes à Castração/metabolismo , Neoplasias de Próstata Resistentes à Castração/patologia , Aldeído Desidrogenase 1/genética , Aldeído Desidrogenase 1/metabolismo , Aldeído Oxirredutases/genética , Aldeído Oxirredutases/metabolismo , Biomarcadores Tumorais/genética , Progressão da Doença , Heterogeneidade Genética , Humanos , Imuno-Histoquímica , Masculino , Neoplasias de Próstata Resistentes à Castração/genética , Retinal Desidrogenase/genética , Retinal Desidrogenase/metabolismo , Análise Serial de Tecidos
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